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petaluma, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 10 reviews
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  • 26 purchased in 2015

  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "weak, very"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    anyone without any knowledge of the south

    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    not really

    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Gardner as always did a great job, but even he could not save this stinker

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    BIG disappointment

    Any additional comments?

    pass on this one if you like history accuracy

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "My first listen from this writer, but NOT my last!"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The building of the characters interaction with each other.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The opening of the doors, one by one each different, especially #14

    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Porter took his listeners chapter by chapter thru this book very smoothly, and i think he let the book unfold the way author meant it to be. Just about flawless.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed alot, this is one of those books that costs you sleep, you just dont want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horseman, Pass By

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cattleman Homer Bannon is a walking advertisement for traditional, old-frontier morals—in contrast to his stepson, Hud. Homer’s grandson Lonnie is torn between emotions for his father and grandfather as he struggles to define his own identity.

    WILLIAM says: ""Western Ways""
    "Early book by McMurtry and it shows it."

    I love McMurtry books, but this one was a very early book my him and it shows it in many ways. It is normal for his books to be slow winders but this one just goes way to far. I hate to say boring but i cannot think of any other word that really fits, so boring will just have to stand. The reader is pretty good and considering what he was given to work with he did a pretty good job. I'll keep this brief and say you could pick another McMurtry to get to know him and just about all of them would work, he really is a excellent writer TODAY.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

    Aaron says: "Good back stories but not much more"
    "Great Listen but..."

    This will get slammed by some because it's not Frank Herbert, well guess what? Frank is long gone and there was only one of him.
    Brian and Kevin are their own writers and they carry on the Dune experience in their own very exciting fashion, I really like it because while reflecting Franks original concept they really add some great ideas into the original story line. So from some of the purest I think there will be alot of gripes but for the rest of us we shall just enjoy a great book that carries on the amazing world of DUNE!

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Is this Koontz?"

    You will wonder after you hear this book, some of Koontz's books are of course better than others, i can except that but this is just not Koontz, Koontz could wrap a story tighter than this in his sleep. I thought i would never say this about a Koontz book but save your credits and or cash.

    A. weak story
    b. weak characters
    c. below average reader
    d. confusing and just plain boring

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    TEDDET says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "Good Listen"

    I was afraid that the quality of this book might suffer from having a co-author in the writing process, my fears were quite wrong. This book moves quickly and forcefully from start to finish, the characters are well thought out and presented in a clear and contrite fashion. The narration by John Slattery is first rate as one would expect and the 2nd reader does quite well but has a very small part to work with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colorado Kid: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself.

    Dammschippee says: "Gotcha!"
    "Short and Great"

    When I saw this book was 3:49 in length I held back, I'm so use to Kings "usual" novel length books that this seemed a bit on the short side to me, then I remembered his very early short story works and how much I enjoyed them and thought "what the hell, lets give it a try" I'm very glad I did, great read, very enjoyable, but dont be looking for his "scare the hell out of you stuff" this is his Maine kicked back characters spinning a yarn, and King does it flawlessly. Its like Garrison Keillor on a Maine shore instead of a Minnesota lake.
    And you ask why 4 stars instead of 5 then? Well I'm selfish, and don't give out many 5's, and no I didn't want it to end after 3:49...but truthfully its perfect just as it is and 5 stars are deserved....but I'm not changing my vote, maybe he'll write MORE next time!
    (first time I have heard this narrator but he did a very good Maine accent, and has a solid and enjoyable voice)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Stechschulte is great...thats the end of it"

    What a dissapointment from such a great author, and the biggest shock is that for the first 5 hours of this audio book it is great, but then its like "well I better wrap this up and go to bed" and thats just what happens...sudden and completely unfinished..if not for the great narration from Stechschulte (as always) i wouldnt even have given this book 2 stars....dont waste your money on this one, its a real bummer and waste of a book credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Code

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Frank Muller

    Before Lucas Davenport and the brilliant Prey novels, there was Kidd (artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal) and his sometimes partner/sometimes lover, LuEllen. The army left Kidd with a dislike for bureaucracy and the skills to do something about it, but it didn't prepare him for the day a woman would call and tell him his colleague Jack Morrison is dead.

    lee says: "Sandford and Muller"
    "Sandford and Muller"

    This is early John Sandford and not as slick as his Lucas Davenport character, and thats both good and bad, I find it refreshing to see Sandford with a different main character and one that is different while at the same time shows the promise of the Davenport that is to come, the books moves quickly and smoothly into Sandfords world of not so nice people on both sides of the law. Also I love hearing Peter Mullers voice once again, among readers for me, Muller, Brick and Dale are in a league of their own and Mullers readings will greatly be missed. I give this audio book 4 stars for its storyline and narration, while holding back that 5th star only because it is rough around the edges compared to his new attempts, but i highly recommend it to all Sandford fans.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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